If you’re a fan of tarte, there are a few ways you can make it at home. This classic French dessert is made up of an upside-down caramel sauce, sliced fruit and a flaky pastry crust. It’s a delicious way to use up any excess fruit in your fridge, and it’s a perfect dessert for a special occasion.
The first step is to prepare the dough for the tarte: sift flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Cut cold cubes of butter into the dry ingredients and rub them in with your fingertips until you see coarse crumbs, adding an egg and lemon zest if desired. Then form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for an hour or two before rolling out.
Once the dough has chilled, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll out to an even thickness of 2-3mm. Trim the edges and place in a prepared tart pan. You can use a round or rectangular pan, as long as the bottom has been greased well with some oil.
When the dough is ready, transfer it to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven and allow it to cool completely before trying to handle it. Then, using a palette knife, cut it into slices.
This is a classic French dessert that’s been around since the 18th century. It’s an apple tart with a frangipane filling that’s fanned in a spiral pattern and glazed with a light apricot jam glaze. It’s a favorite in patisserie and restaurants across the world, and it’s also a delicious dessert for brunch, lunch or light dinner.
A few key tips for making tarte: It’s best to make the pastry shells a few days ahead, so they can chill in the refrigerator before you assemble and bake them. You can also freeze them individually or in a pre-baked roll of dough for easy baking later on.
For the filling, make the creme patissiere and pate sablee a day or two in advance. Once they’re chilled, you can whip them with an electric mixer to get them creamy again before you assemble and bake them.
You can also add a little lemon or orange zest to the filling, which will make it even more tart. You can also top your tarte with ice cream or a dollop of tangy creme fraiche for a truly indulgent treat.
To make the tarte, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line the inside of a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan with a circle of parchment paper, tucking in the edges as you go to ensure an even fit. Once the pastry has been baked, remove from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before you can pierce it with a knife or fork.
Turn out the tarte onto a serving dish and serve with ice cream or creme fraiche. This is a decadent dessert that’s perfect for special occasions and for anyone with a sweet tooth!